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Ethics and human relationality: between Arendt's accounts of morality.

Williams, Garrath (2007) Ethics and human relationality: between Arendt's accounts of morality. HannahArendt.net - Journal for Political Thinking, 2007 (3).

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    Abstract

    "Zoon politikon: as if there were something political in the person which belongs to h/er essence. But this is exactly wrong: the human being is apolitical. Politics originates in-between human beings, that is precisely outside the individual. Therefore there is no strictly political substance. Politics originates in-between and establishes itself in terms of relations." - Hannah Arendt This paper considers a short quotation from near the beginnings of Arendt's Denktagebuch, dated to August 1950. This epigrammatic formulation presages Arendt's whole political theory, by situating the political outside of the individual, in-between a plurality of human beings. My concern, however, is not with politics as such. Instead, I ask: cannot what Arendt says of politics be said with equal truth of morality? To make some attempt upon this vast question, I examine Arendt's own more tentative explorations of the moral sphere, including the importance she attaches to judgment - in particular, our judgment of the company we might keep and the exemplars we should follow.

    Item Type: Article
    Journal or Publication Title: HannahArendt.net - Journal for Political Thinking
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Hannah Arendt ; responsibility ; morality ; conscience ; judgment
    Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
    Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations (Merged into PPR 2010-08-01)
    ID Code: 766
    Deposited By: Dr Garrath Williams
    Deposited On: 27 Nov 2007
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 22:12
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/766

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